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Replacing head gasket

I have an 88 honda accord lx regular carb. type engine. Trying to figure out whether or not it has a v tech head or a standard one. Was told to rebuild the standard head would cost $150.00 but if it was the v tech head it would cost $300.00. How can I tell the difference so I don't get the shaft. Also need to know the tightening torque and sequence of the head bolts.

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The Vtec motor didn't come out in America until 1990 in the Acura NSX and didn't make it to other cars until later years,so unless it's been changed,you don't have one.

Pattern is 7 3 2 6 10 8 4 1 5 9 First tour, go 23 (ft.lbs); second tour finish with 45 (ft.lbs)

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Start in middle and work outwards left right left right with the bolts ,torque ??easy start with a rachet which will allow about 40lbs then a snap on knuckle bar till you can feel bolts stretch.as to type of head???is it 8 valve or 16??16 valve dearer to do

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